Why I’m Not Lovin’ McDonald’s New Go-Gurt

June 24, 2014

The news that McDonald’s is including yogurt as an option in their Happy Meals should be, well, happy news. Especially since it’s a specially-formulated version of Go-Gurt that contains 25 percent less sugar than Go-Gurt sold in stores. But I’m not cheering. When I attended the McDonald’s shareholders meeting last month with Corporate Accountability International (read, […]

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5 Tips for Easing Mealtime Stress

June 18, 2014

Whenever a new mom tells me what a great eater her one year old is, I smile politely and say something encouraging like, “Gee, that’s great!” But I’m actually thinking, “You don’t even know what’s coming!” Feeding toddlers can be challenging–after all, their growth has slowed (which can lower appetite) and they’re testing out their newfound independence. […]

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{Recipe} Scrambled Egg Muffins

June 16, 2014

We babysat some backyard chickens last week, dropping by their coop every day to feed them and say hello. The perk of this job: Lots of fresh eggs! Luckily, both of my kids love eggs. I finally got smart during the school year and taught my 9 year old how to cook eggs for himself […]

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{Giveaway} Tools for the Toddler Years

June 12, 2014

Ever have a moment with your toddler–a maddening and completely mind-boggling parenting moment–when all you can think is, I wish someone could just tell me what to do? I’ve had plenty of those. When my younger son was born and had the nerve to be totally different from his older brother in everything from temperament […]

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Are Artificial Food Dyes Safe For Kids?

June 10, 2014

If you’re wary of artificial food dyes, you’re in good company. A lot of parents are questioning whether these rainbow hues are safe for their kids, while scientists are working to get to the bottom of this decades-long debate. I recently spent months researching and writing a feature for Parents magazine about artificial food dyes […]

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Sweet-Tart Kale Salad (Plus How To De-Stem Kale)

June 6, 2014

Who takes kale salad to a potluck picnic? I do! (Is that weird?) Wherever I take it, this salad gets rave reviews–and many requests for the recipe. Now it’s featured in my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. Bonus: This salad actually gets better with time, as the lemony dressing softens the leaves. Speaking of […]

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Fall Off Exercise Wagon. Get Back On. Repeat.

June 3, 2014

Confession: I’ve really struggled with exercise since having kids. I was a faithful gym-goer in my pre-parent days, logging hours in step classes, on Stairmasters and ellipticals, and even with a trainer in my 20s. But having children just derailed me. It was always something: Unrelenting nausea in pregnancy, a colicky baby, a needy toddler, […]

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{Recipe} How To Make No-Fail Stovetop Popcorn

May 28, 2014

I grew up on popcorn. My dad made it for us on the stove in the pot of an old pressure cooker that belonged to my grandma. He’d pour in oil and kernels and line up bowls on the counter for all of us. I’d sit with him on the kitchen floor in front of […]

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No Child Should Go Hungry This Summer: Here’s How To Help!

May 26, 2014

Throughout the school year, 21 million children depend on free or reduced-price school lunch for reliable nutrition. But, what happens to those kids when they go on summer break? The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program provides free lunch (and sometimes breakfast) to children at 42,000 sites across the country during the summer months. This federally […]

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What Happened When I Went to McDonald’s HQ

May 24, 2014

I’m a realist. I know people eat fast food. I know many busy families eat fast food. You can tell me you spun through the drive-thru on your way home from soccer practice, and I won’t judge. Here’s what I do judge: The way McDonald’s uses toys, clowns, mascots, schools, and athletes to directly market […]

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